I have thoroughly enjoyed Peter Leithart’s blog the last few months. He has been by far my favorite sacramental theologian. Here are his thoughts on justification:
Justification is not the end of a story, but the beginning.
Consider Noah, who was righteous in his generations, and who was seen/judged righteous before Yahweh.
To be justified is to be distinguished from the wicked generation.
To be justified is to be preserved when the judgment falls.
To be justified is to be set up on Mount Ararat to offer thank offerings.
To be justified is to be renewed in the Adamic commission, to enter a new creation to rule and subdue it.
Justification is not the end of a story, but the beginning. And the story is the story of new creation.